Baptists are slowly coming around.
Terms like “silence and reflection,” “creating space” and “getting in touch with yourself” were absent from Chad Kerr’s Baptist upbringing in Georgia. But they’ve since become central to his ability to cope with the demands of life as a bank president, husband and father of three children under age 10.
“With all the noise we have going on in our lives, creating that space to be still before God is very important,” he said.
Kerr isn’t alone, either as a Protestant or a Baptist, in his growing appreciation of ancient Christian spirituality.
Pastors, scholars and retreat center directors around the nation report a growing demand for services, programs and studies of contemplative prayer and worship.
The term ‘contemplative’ generally denotes worship, prayer and reading that lead participants into silent, meditative forms of engaging with God.
Where experts are seeing increasing interest in those forms, which include Taize and Lectio Divina, are among traditions seldom associated with the silent prayer, candle lighting and chanting that characterize much of the contemplative movement.
If you will, you can become all flame.
Extra caritatem nulla salus.
In order to become whole, take the "I" out of "holiness".
Ἄνω σχῶμεν τὰς καρδίας
"Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is." -- Mohandas Gandhi
Y dduw bo'r diolch.